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Paper bags may soon cost 5 cents in New York

A tentative agreement in the state budget will eventually lead to a 5 cent fee charged for a single-use paper bag as part of a broader effort to ban plastic single-use bags in New York.

Revenue from the fee will be split two ways: Three cents of every bag will go toward the Environmental Protection Fund, with the rest going toward a local government, which would have to opt in affirmatively to receive the revenue.

Several county governments already have bag bans and fees in place.

The agreement is likely to be included in a broader ban on plastic bags statewide in the budget due to pass by Sunday.

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